Iowa State's meteoric rise through the ranks of the collegiate volleyball programs has been nothing short of miraculous. In her first two seasons as ISU head coach, Christy Johnson led the Cyclones to their first NCAA Tournament berth and lifted the Cyclones into the national spotlight. But still, to the casual volleyball fan, Iowa State was still relatively an unknown heading into the 2007 season. That can no longer be said following an amazing end-of-the-season run that took the Cyclones into the NCAA Regional semifinal, volleyball's version of the Sweet 16.

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